Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market The Potting Shed Tea Rooms, a delightful little place For Sale due only to our client's wish to take a step back for family and lifestyle reasons.
A superb tea rooms, coffee shop and cafe offering homemade produce, tea, cakes, and light bites, famed for its scones and afternoon teas, set in a delightful premises and location. A traditional tea rooms set in the heart of the Somerset, aiming to serve everything 'home cooked' and 'home made' at its best, via local produce and suppliers, and often sourced from small local family operators, nearby farms, and producers, all within a few miles radius.
Benefitting fantastic feedback, great reviews, and having built up an enviable reputation, the business is locally renowned, enjoys a great footfall and regular repeat clientele that is not just locally based. The business prides itself on being able to tell customers exactly where the products they have tried and enjoyed come from. The tea rooms has received many awards over the years. With an excellent presence online including TripAdvisor, there is also an inclusion in the main website for Kelways Garden Centre. There would be merit in obtaining a website and domain for the Potting Shed itself, and potentially adding some social media including a local Facebook page.
Although an already successful business with consistent annual turnover, under our client's careful ownership since 2014, for a hands on husband wife team or partnership there is the opportunity to decrease the wage bill and reconstitute the takings, making a more profitable position. The addition of a loyalty scheme would be an advantage, however there is plenty of organic growth and scope available to new blood operators.
The Potting Shed Tea Rooms is situated within the popular Kelways Garden Centre, equidistant of the lovely towns of Langport, and Somerton, within the county of South Somerset.
A busy and prominent main road garden centre and nursery site in the lovely village of Huish Episcopi, on the outskirts of the small town of Langport, rural Somerset. Benefitting lots of 'off' road free parking. There is plenty of notable and visible signage for both the garden centre and the Potting Shed, directing patrons in from the main B3153.
Huish Episcopi is a civil parish in Somerset circa 4 miles from Langport, and 6 miles from Somerton, with a population of around 2,100 people. With a popular educational academy and plenty of densely populated residential areas to both the nearby towns. Footfall is a plenty. With good public transport, and excellent road networks, there is easy access to the A358, A303, M5, and Somerset's county town of Taunton (14).
Approached via a lovely looking external entrance and outside front courtyard, with planters, flowers and mature floral displays, this is a delightful premise in a busy footfall location circa 190 sqm in total. A listed building full of character,
Briefly comprising, 2 main rooms circa 100 covers, one with raised seating area for function/parties, one with large central counter and over-serve, largely stone feature walls and stripped timber floors throughout, mixture of soft seating and loose dining furniture throughout, traditional meets modern style look, feel, decor and ambience, substantial rear glass house room with further selection of dining furniture, canopy's and soft seating areas.
Plenty of Al Fresco space to tastefully dressed front and rear courtyards with bistro style furniture for circa 50/60 external covers, fully equipped and well-maintained catering kitchens, plenty of ancillary, staffing, dry stores and storage space, plus wc's.
We are advised the business is being sold as a Leasehold business opportunity
Original lease length: 5 year lease via private landlord (New terms available by negotiation).
Remaining lease length: 18 months as of July 2017.
Review period: 5 yearly
Rent: £950 per calendar month
The business opening hours:
Monday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday: 09:00 to 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 to 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 to 17:00
Friday: 09:00 to 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Sunday: 09:30 to 16:00
The business is run by a part time owner operator, with the help of 2 full time members of staff.
Audited management accounts prepared for the year ending 2017 show a turnover of £102,578 with a gross profit of circa 23%.